On Monday, August 23, 2021, investigators and deputies from the Mono County Sheriff’s
Office arrested Mitchell Pinizzotto, age 35, from Lee Vining, on suspicion of committing sexual
assaults on juvenile victims. Pinizzotto is being held in the Mono County Jail on felony charges
of Rape, Kidnap, and Lewd and Lascivious Acts on a Child, with bail set at $1,000,000.
The investigation into Pinizzotto began with a report of sexual assault earlier this year, and a
thorough investigation identified additional victims. The reported assaults happened from 2012
to 2021, and the victims ranged in age from 7 to 15 years old at the time of the reported
assaults. All the crimes occurred in the vicinity of Lee Vining.
Investigators are asking the assistance of the community in identifying any additional victims
and are asking any victims to please come forward.
Anyone with relevant information is
encouraged to contact the Mono County Sheriff’s Office at 760-932-7549, option 7.